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NYCT approves order for more R211 subway cars

R211 cars from the base order of 535 placed in 2018 are expected to enter service in spring 2023.
Photo – Marc Hermann/MTA Flickr


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New York City Transit (NYCT) Committee yesterday approved an order for 640 more R211 subway cars.

Combined with the base order of 535 cars that was placed in 2018, the authority would receive a total of 1,175 R211s if the full MTA board approves the order at its meeting tomorrow, MTA officials said in a press release. Cars from the second order would be delivered starting in 2025.

The subway cars already delivered are slated to enter service in spring 2023 on the A and C lines, as well as on the Staten Island Railway. Critical to modernization efforts, the cars feature larger door openings, security cameras, digital displays and brighter lighting and signage, MTA officials said. The wider doorways will speed up boarding and reduce the time trains spend idle at stations.

"The MTA will deliver on its promise to provide the most efficient, most comfortable and most modern service in the quickest timeline possible," said NYCT Senior Vice President for Subways Demetrius Crichlow.

MTA received the first five cars of the base order in summer 2021.